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Ron Hallam

Ron Hallam is a professional photographer in Canada whose passion embedded around spectacular landscape images and scenery.

Interview with the 2021 Muse Photography Awards Winner - Ron Hallam

1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?

I am retired after 40 years in the ski business. Living in the National Park, the landscape always drew me in. I dabbled on and off with photography ( the film era) but couldn't devote enough of my energy or the time, to really immerse myself in the art. Upon retirement, I could immerse myself and undertook to study and learn all about the digital world and its effects on photography and equipment. The landscape continues to call and the digital photographic medium, for me, is an ideal way to enjoy the pleasures of, and opportunities to shoot images in this special place - Banff National Park

2Where did you study photography?

I took the On-Line Course from the Photography Institute ( run by George Seeper) in Australia. A superb course and you are assigned a 1 on 1 tutor/mentor, mine being Steven Vote, as you work your way through the modules and report and do assignments online. I also continually study from other photographers online, both courses and their work. ( Joe Cornish, Joseph Rossbach, Sean Bagshaw, Ken Duncan, Guy Tal, Tom Mackie, Allistair Benn, Ian Plant, and more ).

3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?

Yes, an over the counter point and shoot film "box" camera of the ski hill. What it was was a complete disaster and hugely disappointing!

4What equipment do you use?

Currently, I use the Nikon D800 and the Nikon 16- 35, 24 - 70, and 7- 200 lenses. Currently, because I am studying and considering the new mirrorless offerings but, as of yet, not ready to move to a new system.

5What do you hope to achieve?

Growth and development in the art and craft of landscape photography! It is less about equipment and more about technique - then if equipment can afford new creative possibilities - to assimilate them BUT , keep growing and making images that I am happy with.

6What compliment inspired/touched you the most?

Clients commenting on my images is the most inspiring and motivating thing. You make an image for you BUT, when you show, sell, share, etc and you both receive comments and support from clients - that is inspiring.

7What inspires your unique storytelling?

The grandeur, complexity, synchronicity, and pure genius of the intelligent design behind all of nature. Only God could create what we see with the color palette, shape, form, and on we too easily overlook!

8What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?

I can't answer that in classic terms of style etc. I capture what captures me - not reportage, not documentary - but Worship, Awe, and Delight - those 3 words will have to suffice.

9Congratulations! As the winner of the MUSE Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?

It is gratifying, while at the same time, being motivational, to not be construed as a "mark of significance" or "arrival" but an indicator that Landscapes can and do capture and engage many viewers. Recognition by your peers and critics can be a danger to be kept at arms distance - kept as neither too wonderful nor too disappointing.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2021 MUSE Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

Breath of WInter was a chill Fall morning when Winter came calling. As I looked at the scene it impacted me with the sheer wonder of how fog, mist, frost, snow, and very low clouds were orchestrated to allow the early morning sun to dance across the frost-laden trees. Yet hanging on were some Aspens in their full Fall colours. It was a display of the things I mentioned above - worship, awe, delight. My Photo business and website are Gita Photos - which is an acronym - G = God, I = Is, T = The , and A = Artist God is the Artist - I just capture the scene.

11How has winning an award developed your career?

This just happened, so in all candor, at this point - a few weeks after the notice of winning - there has been little impact to my career so far. However, in keeping with the format being used in the photography world, I will be adding this award to my Notes and About section of my website and to the Display and signage at my shows!

12Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.

1) Ansel Adams

2) Joe Cornish

3) Rodney Lough Jr.

13What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?

Shoot plenty and often, storage space is cheap - experiment and keep at it.

14What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?

Ask yourself why? Then knowing your individual Why - you can plot a course to address the steps needed to achieve what your Why was all about. If you don't know Why, your shots will not have the focus and story they should or could!

15What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Success is measured in many ways. Find your own metric and use it, listen to others ideas, thoughts and suggestions but filter that with your own metric , for your own good and satisfaction.

16How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?

That is both a necessary thing and evolving thing. You have to be receptive to new information and knowledge as it becomes available as this drives growth and understanding of your own Why and your Art. There is ALWAYS something to learn and consider and that keeps you growing.

Winning Entries

Breath of Winter | 2021

Interview With Ron Hallam From Canada

Late Fall in the Canadian Rockies means at ANY time winter can drop in. On this day,
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Ron Hallam

Ron Hallam is a professional photographer in Canada whose passion embedded around spectacular landscape images and scenery.